Adjusting to College

While going through middle and high school, I wanted nothing more than to decorate a college dorm and live as an adult. This was a shared experience for many of my peers. We romanticized moving away and living on our own as adults. There was a certain appeal to being in control of your actions and life. Little did we know, living as an adult also came with many additional responsibilities. Adulthood includes working, paying bills, and many more duties we weren’t aware of in our little bubble of childhood naivety. Although I live a life I am grateful for– one where I don’t have to worry much about expenses in college– I quickly realize how soon independent adulthood will be thrust upon me. This turns my childhood excitement into more of a fear and stressor. How will I adjust to my life away from home?

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The fear of missing out (commonly known as FOMO) is a familiar feeling of anxiety that we experience when we are aware of social gatherings without our presence. This summer, I’ll be out of my hometown for 17 consecutive days. As I near half of that time out of town, the amount of FOMO I’ve been feeling has been at an all-time high. 

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Gifted Kid Burnout

I’ve seen the words “gifted kid burnout” on various social media platforms for a long time. For example, the “giftedkidburnout” hashtag on Tiktok has almost 200 million views. While the context of the hashtag’s use is typically comedic and results in a good laugh, there is an overwhelming truth behind gifted kid burnout. I have found myself relating to some of the posts online, but what does that term even mean? “Gifted kid burnout” results from long-term stress that originates from the pressure placed on kids that have been labeled “gifted” from a young age or were in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program. 

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Music in Our Schools Month

The month of March has been deemed Music in Our Schools Month by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) annually for forty-seven years. The relationship between music and schools shows us some of the most dedicated and hardworking students in the United States. Although there is science and research behind music itself — as we’ve written about previously in a Magnify Monday blog post — the community you build alongside the rewarding feeling from performing and sharing what you do with others add to how Music in Our Schools contributes to student-musician’s mental health. 

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Mental Health Representation in Books

As an enormous bookworm, I’ve managed to find the type of reads that resonate with me most. I tend to enjoy and take away more from books that have some sort of focus on mental health. I used to believe that this was very strange— that novels with characters who struggle seem to be my favorite. I think it’s the character development that draws me in.

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Spotlight: Abigayle Peterson & The Stories Within Magnify’s Code

Magnify Wellness was coded using a JavaScript library called React, but there is another language embedded into the story that Magnify Wellness’s code portrays. It is a familiar language, which conveys the challenging story of learning how to best use our gifts through the experiences we gain. Abigayle’s story is one that reminds us that we share the language of pain, ache and loneliness, though we may experience it differently. Her story reminds us that we can grow, learn and make profound leaps in a plentiful direction while keeping our experiences in our back pocket. 

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